Volleyball to Honor Trio of Seniors on Saturday Night
Nov. 1, 2005
University of Northern Colorado Bears (11-11)
vs. North Dakota State University Bison (1-26)
Match #23 * Saturday, November 5, 2005 * 7:00 p.m. MT
Greeley, Colo. * Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (4,500)
The Series: North Dakota State leads 22-20 all-time, although the Bears have won the last seven meetings.
The Coaches: Lyndsey Benson is 11-11 (.500) in her first season as a collegiate head coach. It is her third overall year with the Northern Colorado program.
Zaundra Bina is 253-114 (.689) in her 11th season at NDSU and 386-168 (.697) in her 16th season overall.
The University of Northern Colorado women's volleyball team hosts its last regular season home match of the season on Saturday night, when fellow Division I Independent rival North Dakota State comes to town (7 p.m.). It will be Senior Night, as Amy Casselman, Corrinne Chapin and Amanda Wiggins will be honored in a pre-match ceremony.
With a win, the Bears will extend their home-court winning streak to 33, which would tie the program's all-time record for consecutive home victories (1985-87). UNC's streak is the second longest in the country behind Ohio University (36 consecutive home wins). North Dakota State is the last team to defeat the Bears at home (Nov. 2, 2001).
It will not be the Bears last match at home this year, however, as they will play five matches at home during the Division I Independent Championships (Nov. 10-12).
THE BEAR FACTS
Northern Colorado split a weekend road trip last week, besting fellow D-I Independent Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1) before falling to Texas-San Antonio (3-1).
That left the Bears at the .500 mark with eight matches to play this season. UNC is battling North Dakota State for the second time this year. The Bears defeated the Bison 3-1 on Oct. 8 in Fargo. The teams could possibly matchup at the D-I Independent Championship the following week.
The Bears begin play at that event on Thursday, Nov. 10, when they play Texas A&M-Corpus Christ (4 p.m.) and Texas-Pan American (7 p.m.) in pool play. UNC then plays IPFW on Friday (7 p.m.) before beginning championship round play on Saturday morning.
North Dakota State: The Bison have struggled this season, winning only once in 27 matches. NDSU's lone win of the year came on Sept. 24 against Centenary; they have lost 12 in a row since that point. Their top offensive player, Kim Hebl, was named Division I Independent Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Series History: The Bears and Bison have met 42 times, mostly when both were members of the Division II North Central Conference. NDSU is the last team to win a match in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (Nov. 2, 2001). They beat the Bears the next time the squads faced off (in Fargo), but have then lost seven in a row to the Bears.